Ukraine’s forces can have to retreat from Severodonetsk, a regional governor stated Friday, after weeks of fierce preventing in opposition to the Russians within the battleground jap metropolis.
“Ukrainian armed forces will have to retreat from Severodonetsk. They have received an order to do so,” Sergiy Gaiday, governor of LuHansk area which incorporates town, stated on Telegram.
“Remaining in positions that have been relentlessly shelled for months just doesn’t make sense.”
The metropolis has been “nearly turned to rubble” by continuous bombardment, he stated.
“All critical infrastructure has been destroyed. Ninety percent of the city is damaged, 80% (of) houses will have to be demolished,” he stated.
Capturing Severodonetsk within the Donbas space has been a key objective of the Russians as they search to seize a swathe of jap Ukraine.